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PASD COVID Decision-Making Matrix

In compliance with all Pennsylvania Department of Education and Pennsylvania & Chester County Departments of Health, the Phoenixville Area School District has completed and submitted a Board approved ARP ESSER Health and Safety Plan.  This plan will be updated periodically as needed.  In addition to the Health and Safety plan, below is a decision-making matrix that PASD will utilize to consider a future course of action regarding any potential increase or decrease in COVID-related cases.

Note- Any requirements from the CDC, PA Departments of Education and/or Health and Chester County Department of Health may supersede these recommendations 

 

Category

Low

0-9 cases per 100,000
and <5% positivity

Moderate

10-49 cases per 100,000 or 5-7% positivity

Substantial

50-99 cases per 100,000 or 8-9.9% positivity

High

> 100 cases per 100,000 or >10% positivity

Instruction Modality

In-Person Instruction

Will follow CCHD guidance on individual room/school outbreaks

In-Person Instruction

Will follow CCHD guidance on individual room/school outbreaks

In-Person Instruction

Will follow CCHD guidance on individual room/school outbreaks

In-Person Instruction

Will follow CCHD guidance on individual room/school outbreaks

Masks

Mask Guidelines

Masks required in all district buildings public transportation and busses *

Masks are optional for outdoor activities

*Properly supported medical exemptions accepted

Masks required in all district buildings public transportation and busses *

Masks are optional for outdoor activities

Masks required in all district buildings public transportation and busses *

Masks not required for outdoor recess or outdoor physical education

Outdoors, masks required for congregate (4 or more, stationary, 3 ft. or less) activities only

Masks required in all district buildings public transportation and busses *

Masks not required for outdoor recess or outdoor physical education

Outdoors, masks required for congregate (4 or more, stationary, 3 ft. or less) activities only

 

 * Properly supported medical exemptions accepted

     

Athletics

May occur as scheduled

High Risk* sports/activities:

Assurance testing once a week is recommended for unvaccinated athletes

*Low, Moderate, and High risks sports are defined by PIAA

High Risk* sports/activities:

Assurance testing required once a week for unvaccinated athletes

Low, Moderate, and High Risk* sports/activities:

Assurance testing required once a week for unvaccinated and fully vaccinated athletes

High Risk* sports may be temporarily suspended

Attending a Conference or Meeting

May attend in-person if Chester County and the location of the conference are low or moderate

May attend in-person if Chester County and the location of the conference are low or moderate

Conference attendance may be limited. Mask required if attending in-person. Virtual conferences encouraged

Conference attendance may be limited. Mask required if attending in-person. Virtual conferences preferred

Extra-Curricular Activities (Concerts, plays, events)

May occur as scheduled

Follow masks guidelines

May occur as scheduled

Follow masks guidelines

Attendance at events limited spectator/guest capacity restrictions. Some activities may move to virtual mode

Follow masks guidelines

Attendance at events limited to household members only. Proof of vaccine or negative COVID test may be required

Move all activities that can, to virtual mode

Follow masks guidelines

Field Trips

Field Trips evaluated based on destination/duration

Field Trips evaluated based on destination/duration

All overnight trips – proof of vaccine or a negative COVID test may be required

All international field trips suspended.

All other field trips evaluated on a case-by-case basis

All overnight trips – proof of vaccine or negative COVID test may be required

All international field trips suspended.

All other field trips evaluated on a case-by-case basis

Outside Group Facility Usage

(Interior space)

May occur as scheduled

Will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Limited capacity and social distancing requirements implemented

All outside group usage suspended

Outside Group Facility Usage

(Exterior fields)

May occur as scheduled

May occur as scheduled

Limited spectator capacity restrictions

Limited spectator capacity restriction

Public Access

Normal access

Normal access

Access may be limited

Public access to buildings may be temporarily suspended

Social Distancing

 

 

3 ft. social distancing, except where not feasible.

3 ft. social distancing, except where not feasible.

3 ft. social distancing, except where not feasible.

3 ft. social distancing, except where not feasible.

 

Staff Antigen Screening

No Screening recommended

School nurse may require testing of any symptomatic staff

Screening on a voluntary basis

School nurse may require testing of any symptomatic staff

Unvaccinated staff: Antigen screenings required once a week

School nurse may require testing of any symptomatic staff

Unvaccinated staff: Antigen screenings required once a week

Fully vaccinated staff: Weekly antigen testing available

School nurse may require testing of any symptomatic staff

Student Antigen Screening

With parent permission, available for symptomatic students

With parent permission, available for symptomatic students

With parent permission, available for symptomatic students

With parent permission, available for symptomatic students

Student Teachers/ Interns

Permitted

All student teachers and interns are required to be vaccinated

Permitted

All student teachers and interns are required to be vaccinated

May be limited

All student teachers and interns are required to be vaccinated

May be limited

All student teachers and interns are required to be vaccinated

Transportation

Masks required

Windows down 1” - 3”

Roof hatch open if equipped

Masks required

Windows down 1” - 3”

Roof hatch open if equipped

Masks required

Windows down 1” - 3”

Roof hatch open if equipped

Masks required

Windows down 1” - 3”

Roof hatch open if equipped

Volunteers

Volunteers permitted.

All volunteers are required to be vaccinated

Volunteers permitted.

All volunteers are required to be vaccinated

Volunteers may be limited.

All volunteers are required to be vaccinated

Volunteers not permitted


It is recommended that all staff be vaccinated.   Once the vaccine(s) receive full FDA approval, it is anticipated that staff will be required to be vaccinated.  

Instructional Models

In-Person Instruction

• In-person instruction will be the “typical” pre-pandemic model of instruction. 

• NO Zoom participation; 

• The Canvas Learning Management system will be used throughout the year to share instructional material; 

• Computers will be used for some in-school learning; 

• Families can request a district-provided laptop* or student may bring personal device from home; 

• PASD will continue to follow the guidance of the Chester County Health Department re: all safety protocols; 

• If a student is sick, stay home & institute sick day.  Student will not join in-person instruction on Zoom; 

• If a student must quarantine for extended time tutoring support will be provided. 

* There will be an insurance fee of $50 for the use of District laptops/devices 

All Virtual Instruction - The PASD Virtual Academy

• The Virtual Academy is a commitment for the entire 2021-2022 school year; 

• The virtual classes will be entirely online with an assigned teacher different from the in-person teacher;  

• Grades K-2 – Given the age and educational needs of the students, the Education Task Force is not recommending a Virtual Option for Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades; 

• Grades 3-5 – Will be a combination of synchronous (LIVE via Zoom) and asynchronous (assignments will be posted on Canvas for students to access) instruction; 

• Grades 6-12 -- Will be provided via Brandywine Valley Associates online learning platform and supported by PASD staff.  

• Virtual students can and are encouraged to participate in after-school extra-curricular activities. 

• Attendance guidelines will be enforced; 

• Families can request a district-provided laptop* or student may use a personal device. 

* There will be an insurance fee of $50 for the use of District laptops/devices 

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